Archive for November, 2011

Every thursday night at sundown, 50 to 100 avid bikers meet at THE WALL @ TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS, San Mateo, Rizal.
I was informed that this is a regular activity scheduled by a bike forum site

I spotted Mike “Pekto” Nacua of Nuts Entertainment one night. 2 stores are open to accommodate the regular event, Marc’s View Deck and Bikers Cafe. These stores offer cold drinks, Tapsilog, Noodle soup called Mami, red wine and energy drinks. There is also pork BBQ and light beers. Try it, you will love it.

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Airsoft is one of the newest and fastest growing sport in the Philippines. It is somewhat similar to paintball in that your primary goal is to shoot your opponent with an air-powered weapon but that is where the similarities end. Most paintballers play in small field with brightly colored flashy uniforms. Airsofter’s on the other hand prefer MilSim (Military Simulation). You will find that most Airsofter’s like to dress-up the part of a military soldier to engage in simulated combat and/or reenactment.

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Airsoft guns are toy BB gun that for the most part are exact copies of real firearms. You can find almost any airsoft version of a real firearm from as snub nose revolver to a 6 barreled Gatling gun! Some Sci-Fi and fantasy airsoft guns can also be found. Although it’s realistic looks are what attract many players. They can easily be mistaken for real firearms to those who are unfamiliar with it. Extreme care should be used at all times and should be treated as a real firearm when handling and transporting them. Reckless handling of these guns especially in public can lead to confiscation of your airgun, fines, jail time or even death. The latter, although very rare, was the result of individuals brandishing an airsoft gun in the presence of Law Enforcement. (No one has ever been killed by an airsoft gun). However, used properly and treated with respect. You’ll find airsoft to be an exciting hobby and superior to paint ball, at least in our opinion.

As a safety precaution, airsoft guns are designed in such a way that they are impossible to convert them to real firearms or be modified to the point where they are lethal.

Please keep in mind that there are  laws that regulate the use of airsoft guns. So, before you buy your first airsoft gun, we highly recommend that you research the laws in you area first in order to avoid any unwanted encounters with Law Enforcements. The best way to find out about these is to contact your local airsoft store, fields, teams, forums and police department.

Most airsoft guns fire a 6mm (.25 caliber) light weight plastic or biodegradable BBs. Some newer guns shoot 8mm BBs. The most common type of ammo used is a 6mm 0.20 gram (1/2 ounce) weight BBs. This is considered the standard weight. However, BB weights can range from 0.12 gram to 0.43 grams but most places restrict BBs to a maximum weight of 0.25g for safety reason. You’ll also find that BBs come in many different colors. In most cases color has no real significant effect on the BBs performance. Some manufactures, such as Excel, do use color to help distinguish different BB weight (Ex. 0.20g-cream, 0.23g-light green, 0.25g-light blue).

Airsoft guns are powered by a variety of methods such as spring (hand cocked), compressed air, gas (CO2, Nitrogen and Freon 134a) and electric air pumps. The most popular versions are called AEG’s (Air Electric Gun). These gun have an built in internal air pump, known as a “Gear Box”, that is powered by a rechargeable RC batteries similar to those used by remote control cars. The standard battery that usually comes with a new airgun is an 8.4 volt. Upgraded airguns usually require a 9.6v but you can find players using up to 12v.

Airsoft guns can cause minor injuries (nick, welts, BB size bruises and so on). In the most sever case one can loose an eye. So when you play, it is strongly recommended that you wear the proper safety goggles. It is also highly recommended that a face guard or mouth guard be used as well. BBs have been known to chip teeth.

With that in mind, one of the most common questions asked is how much does it hurts? The pain of being shot can vary depending on the range. Long range will feel like a tap but close range shots can give a nasty sting. One of the best explanations we heard is that it feels like someone snapping you with a rubber band.

Tips for Airsoft Newbies by Pinoy Adventure Rider

1. You have to travel light. Remove excess baggage that you don’t need like sidearms, laser sights that are meant for display purposes only.

2. Use a mask that is clear and that does not fog. Visibility is very important.

3. Know your gun, your gun’s range and ammo. Trust your gun. Train with your gun. Check your ammo.

4. Keep silent so as not to reveal your location. The element of surprise is your most formidable weapon.

5. Do not fire unless you know your target. Firing will reveal your location.

6. Camouflage will help you a lot. Blend with the environment.

7. Choose your spots well. Choose a good cover but at the same time has a good position for offense.

8. It is an advantage to know the terrain.

9. Choose a good buddy that will cover you and watch your back.

10. Patience is a virtue and very important in airsoft. Use a watch.  Use the allotted time technically and wisely to your advantage. Since you are playing in an uncomfortable environment most of the time, plus the hot and heavy suit each player is wearing, most players will surely attack at once just to get out of this situation. Thus, improperly executing his plan of attack. While you on the other hand, must have a mindset to wait it out a little longer and attack at the proper time.

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My TIMBERLAND [ a mountain biking story]

When I am bored, stressed-out or feeling sick from too much cholesterol  build-up,  I grab my mountain bike and always visit my friend,  my TIMBERLAND.

But who is Ms. TIMBERLAND?

TIMBERLAND is not a who, she is a where.
TIMBERLAND is a place located in San Mateo, Rizal with ridiculously kicked-@#%@# 50 degree incline. TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS ROAD to be precise is a friend not easy to get along with or to be with.

Before you even  reach her gates, you will encounter a 5 kilometer, masochistic pain from her 50 degree “WALL” as this roadway section’s name is famous for. It took me a year to intelligently deal with this non-welcoming “WALL”.

“90% mind, 10% body! 90% mind, 10% body!” Those words I always chant in my mind and I always tell my friends, “BEFRIEND this BEAST, and IT WILL BEFRIEND YOU.”

My,my,my… it is not that I own this place or have a piece of property here, it is just that me and my friends are always here. It is just like calling TIMBERLAND…a dear friend. MY DEAR FRIEND.

For 4 years, we are always here on weekend mornings. Then, weekday mornings. Then again, weekday afternoons that we call sunset rides. And then again, weekday evenings that we call night rides. WE ARE TRULY FRIENDS.

BUT BE AWARE! BEEEEE VERY AWARE!!!! For those riders, who cannot get along with the “WALL”, disaster awaits. Due to its steep uphill slopes, the down hills  are…very, very dangerous. Speeding bike on a 50 degree downhill plus gravity..YOU GET THE PICTURE. Apple Sauce. So BE AWARE. BE VERY AWARE.

Night Ride @ TIMBERLAND.


These are the words I always hear from people I invite to meet my friend, my TIMBERLAND. The place is so high up that the road inclines are ridiculous.

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Well I told you my TIMBERLAND is not easy to get. But if you say at your age you can’t do it, you just have to meet MANG OCA, a rider who is 76 years old and climbs the “WALL” on a mountain bike 5 times for breakfast. Do I need to say more?

ID! You have to have ID! Identification Card! With your photos on it. Yeah, you need ID to enter the gate of Timberland Heights.

Isn’t the “WALL” not enough exercise or challenge for you for the day? Why do you have to go further?

AH! BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Inside TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS there is more. You guessed it! MORE UPHILL. Enter the gates, you will immediately encounter more uphill but with a stunning view of the metro at your side. After that, you will encounter rough terrain, a little work- out for those very expensive suspension systems. A few kilometers more, there is a store and a resto much like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Upon reaching those destinations, you can, seat down, chillax and chat with other riders, have a good rest and snacks then head down back to my TIMBERLAND and then straight to your home.

Thanks for reading.

This is FB Larry T. Herrera | PINOY ADVENTURE RIDER
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Marilaque Highway Revisited


The Marikina-Infanta Highway, also known as the Marcos Highway or MARILAQUE Highway (MARILAQUE stands for Marikina-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon), is a scenic mountain highway that connects Metro Manila with Infanta, Quezon in the Philippines.

The highway, constructed on the 1910s starts in Marikina City near Katipunan Avenue, the Loyola Heights segment of Circumferential Road 5, in Quezon City. It traverses the Marikina Valley and passes through Antipolo City, where it intersects the Sumulong Highway (at Barangay Masinag). After Masinag the road starts its ascent towards the Sierra Madre, where a series of winding roads meet the motorists and finally to Infanta, Quezon.

The highway is one of the most scenic routes in the Philippines, alongside the Halsema Highway in the Cordilleras, and the Pan-Philippine Highway in Southern Luzon. Among the sights that the highway passes through are the Boso Boso Highlands in Antipolo, the Sampaloc Highlands and Pranjetto Hills Resort in Tanay.

Upon reaching Barangay Sampaloc, the Sampaloc Highway intersects the highway. To the left of the intersection is the main campus of the University of Rizal System. To the right is the town proper of Tanay, leading to the Daranak Falls and the lakeshore route along Laguna de Bay leading to the easternmost towns of Laguna.

We revisited the MARILAQUE last October 2011.

This highway is famous for motorcycle and sports car riders because of its scenic views,endless twistys and experience of nature.

I know many people are eager to know the present road conditions in these parts so here we go.

This is my 3rd time traversing this road.  The 1st one was with my wife. The road is still blocked, unfinished. The 2nd one was one year ago and was not a very good experience but very invigorating. During that time, we encountered a landslide which blocked the road and a bridge. We have to hire local porters to carry our bikes across. While are bikes are being ported, rocks are still falling. A little scary, but obviously I survived that one. We made it through to Infanta that time.

Now, 3rd time, the roads look promising. 90% complete.

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Why 90% only?  Some sections are still being constructed. Small road segments.

I recommend this road. For me on 2 wheels and 4x4s, it is okay now. Ride on!

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135 kilometers from Manila is General Nakar, Province of Quezon. We took the Marikina – Infanta route, also known as MARILAQUE hiway. From Marcos hiway, go straight all the way to Sampaloc, Tanay. The roads here are newly cemented and asphalted.  You will encounter minor potholes due to rains, but very minimal.

We want to visit the river.

After this arc, we turned left towards the river.

We rested for a while under the trees. It’s 12 PM.

On to the river, on foot.


Now back to the bikes and get our a#%$s home.

Here is something about General Nakar.

Named in homage to the late Guillermo P. Nakar, the municipality rugged and mountainous terrain is suitable for trekking, hiking and other related activities aside from its extensive coastline. It is relatively rich in different flora and fauna.

General Nakar is a first class municipality in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 24,895.[1] This is the biggest municipality in the province. General Nakar is south of Dingalan (Aurora), north of Real and Infanta, east of Rodriguez, Antipolo City, Tanay (Rizal), Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan and Norzagaray (Bulacan), and is bounded by Lamon Bay in the eastern side.

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Finally, I am officially joining the PETRON Sprint 4T ENDURANCE and ECONOMY RUN 2011 to be held on Feb. 5 which is a saturday.

After more than a month of Googling the routes and checking the roads and maps via Google Earth, the day is drawing nearer and nearer. Nervous?  Yes!  This ride is a 750 kilometer run for 20 hours starting at 12 AM. Mixed feelings and emotions lurk as the D-day comes.

Thursday, FEB. 3, I can’t sleep. Yes, I am excited and nervous. I finally managed to sleep at 2 AM and I woke up at 6AM. I have to go to PETRON Diego Silang for the pre-inspection of the motorcycles and fixing the paper works before the ride itself.

Friday, FEB. 4, 7 AM. A long line of riders are already on the site. Papers are being checked, ongoing pre-ride briefing is being held and motorcycle inspection is ongoing as well. I took a lot of photos with my DSLR camera.


FEB.4 | 12 PM. Cut-off. Everybody is ready or should be ready. You can go home and rest for a while and come back at night before 8 PM before the take-off. A lot of riders from faraway places, chose to stay and wait it out. I stayed too, so no rest for me.

Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Lipovitan too. I have to be awake. There is no turning back now because I know this will be one of the rides of a lifetime.

FEB. 5 | 12 AM After some short  and encouraging words from our sponsors, organizers and the chief of police,  we took -off. 100cc-115cc took-off first followed by 125s and so on with 15 minute intervals between them. Nice weather. Not so cold. No rain. Roads are clear.

WE RODE on, Monumento riding to the towns of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan.  Nearing Bataan, there was a minor crash. A lot of riders stopped to help a fallen comrade. Not minding the competition anymore. At least at the moment.

A few seconds later,help immediately arrived.

Then there is the first PETRON checkpoint in Bagac.

On to Morong, Bataan. Twisty roads met us. We rode on until we finally entered Subic.

I got my GPS phone but there is really no time to look at it. We were traveling at 80-90 Kph.

We arrived at the PETRON Subic at around 6AM. After a short snack of hotdog and juice, we rode on to Castillejos, Zambales riding north up to Alaminos, pangasinan.

San Narciso, San Felipe, Botolan, Iba, Masinloc, Candelaria, Santa Cruz, Infanta, Burgos, Mabini and finally, Alaminos. The roads are nice, cemented. We encountered a little rain. I have to stop and gear up for rain because I am carrying an expensive electronic device.

If I see 2 or 3 riders together, I try to convoy with them. This is not a slow ride. Full throttle baby!

It is so encouraging to see marshals on every turn guiding the riders.

Alaminos, Pangasinan. We are supposed to take breakfast here at 10AM but it is already 12PM. I am late at this checkpoint but so are many others. I ate Tapsilog fast. I rested for a while, wanting to sleep for one hour. But NO! We have to ride on because the supposedly 12PM lunch must be in a restaurant in San Jose City Nueva Ecija which is very far from Alaminos.

We left Alaminos immediately. We have to be at a checkpoint in Urdaneta before 2PM. We rode on and on. Finally, Urdaneta. Quick checkpoint and 5 liters of gasoline. Ah, there is a Lipovitan here at PETRON Urdaneta.

Load up, “Let’s Ride!” shouted Kenneth, a guy riding a Honda CB150R. ” San Jose City is only 72 kilometers away from here.”, he added. We rode on.

Turn here, turn there. Ah, marshals… excellent.

Halfway, Kenneth stopped. ” I can’t go on.” He said. ” I’m too sleepy, I might crash, you go on.” I decided to stick with him, we rested for a while at a lonely waiting shed along the way.

We chose a perfect  spot. The air is fresh and the views are stunning.

After a while, I heard thundering motorcycles coming from the road from which we came from. Ah, here comes the 150s and the TMAX 500s.

“Let’s Ride!” I shouted. ” It is going to get dark soon.”

We rode on to Marquez Restaurant, San Jose City at around 4PM.

We grabbed a quick meal that is supposed to be lunch.

“Let’s Ride! It is still a long way to Aritao.” Around 70 kilometers away, someone shouted.

I rode fast, Kenneth on a CB150R can’t keep up. I convoyed with 3 guys on 125 cc scoots riding as fast as hell. More twistys all the way to Aritao. Very nice backdrop as the sun sets on a Marlboro Country scene.

4:45 PM, we arrived at PETRON Aritao. There is still light. Checkpoint here.  I still have gasoline in my big 8.5 liter tank. Better ride on.

I saw a sign. Baguio 109 kms. It is going to be a  night ride.

I saw 3 bikes entering the route, I followed at full throttle.

Mountains and mountains. Super twisties. Left, right, left, right. I bet you can never count the bends. It is too much, flashing like a bad dream. 109 kilometers of super twisties. We crossed 3 to 4 mountains, 4 bridges, most if not all bends look alike. “Aren’t we being played by supernatural beings??” “We may be riding on these twisties forever….” There is only the 2 of us, another rider who stuck with me feeling the same fears as I did.

Good! Finally, we rode fast and hard. We finally caught up with other riders. We finally arrived at Baguio City. It is 8PM.

I sat down the sidewalk of PETRON Kisad Baguio. Tired and disoriented. I felt a sense of fulfillment. 750 kilometer ride in 20 hours. Another one in the books.

Tomorrow, awarding day.

Then, I rode back to Manila.

Total ride, 1000+ kilometers.

The PETRON Sprint 4T oil did an excellent job of keeping my engine cool.

Special thanks to Sir FRANCIS and PETRON for this unforgettable ride.

Time to prepare for the next ride.


By Larry T. Herrera

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They say not to ride on these parts of the country.

They say lawless elements are here to harm you and steal your bike.

Nahhh! Ain’t nothing like that in REAL or INFANTA,QUEZON.

If fact, I have been riding there countless of times. Sometimes, 4 times in a month.

Why that often you say? BECAUSE IT’S A NICE PLACE.

The roads are new and graded. Cemented and asphalted. The weather is cool. I mean cool just like in Baguio. On higher levels, you may encounter fog with zero visibility. No kiddin.

People are friendly. The views are stunning,second to none and the seafood is fresh and cheap.

If you want to encounter a little rough road, I suggest you enter the MARILAQUE HIWAY then upon reaching the Sampaloc, Tanay junction, you go straight to the Sampaloc road going all the way to Infanta,Quezon. I promise you a great adventure taking this route.

From Masinag, It will take you approx. 104 kilometers going to Real. On a 70kph speed, it will take you 4 hours. You will encounter a little traffic on the town of Teresa, Rizal if you wish to take the Antipolo route which is a known “shortcut” to riders.

But if you wish to take a hardcore, no nonsense route to Infanta/Real, go to Masinag market, take the route to Cogeo, go all the way to MARILAQUE HIWAY, then straight to Sampaloc Hiway all the way to Infanta.

Ah, finally, I have to tell you something about the beaches here. One word, “UNTOUCHED”. I was wondering, why do people go high up north to get the HAWAII FIVE-O wavy beaches? We have it here. Very near. 104 kilometers away near.

Maybe that is the beauty of this place.Secluded,calm,laid-back,mysterious.

All famous hide-aways started like this before the city caught up with it. So come and visit…NOW!

Let’s RIDE!

story by Larry Herrera | Pinoy Adventure Rider

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We started like any other roadtrip.

5AM call-time at a designated meeting area.

This time, we met at the Concept MC Shop located in Parang, Marikina City.

I woke up early like I always do to prepare and to make sure not to forget anything important for the ride.

Arriving at the meeting place, I was surprised how many we are taking this roadtrip. Some old faces and some new ones.

Finally, we are complete and ready to roll. It is 6AM, the ride started.

We left Marikina city and we are headed for Antipolo city.

After some short twisties and clear roads, we arrived at our first checkpoint at BGy. Bugarin. An over-looking outpost frequented by the riders to take a break. Get a meal, coffee, coco or tea or just breaking for some smokes. This spot is great for photo ops. You will have a background of the famous Laguna lake.

On with our journey.The weather is excellent,the roads are clear. Life is good.

We arrived at our 2nd checkpoint, PETRON,Famy,Laguna. Riders ritually stop here even though they do not need gas. A grocery will provide you with some food and drinks.This stop marks the half of the trip going to Real. Appoximately 50 kms. from the city of Marikina.

On to Real. On to the mountains. These are some of the views going to Real.

There is also the occasional hotel, souvenir shop and furniture stores. There is also a TREKKER STOP.

We finally arrived at Real,Laguna Sun Lake View Resort where we are welcomed by our dear friend Cris (orange sando shirt). We bought our giant yellow-fin tunas from the roadside stalls on the way to the resort. We also got giant clams and cuttlefish. It’s grillin’ time.

Cris, the resort keeper, brought out the coin-operated Karaoke machine. My buddies started singing there best pieces. I noticed the waves getting bigger and bigger…just kidding.

It is a sunny day. The beaches are great. People started packing in as it is summer time. Some peddlers comb the beaches selling there wares. “PASALUBONG”, they shouted.

Laughter fills the air as friends and comrades, laughed and cheered each other’s stories. For a moment, they forget the stressful citylife and come back to the basics of man. Good food, good companions, good times. Truly magical.

Time to ride home.

This is FB Larry Herrera | Pinoy Adventure Rider
and this is my ride report.

P.S. below is Chris…

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Yes, Pantabangan Lake, I saw it on Google map, we need a place to ride to, it’s time to go.

It’s 6AM. Me and my buddy Mon gassed up and rode towards Pantabangan, NE. It is a good 200+ kms. from Marikina city.

We saw lots of rice fields. It is a very pretty sight  coz I think it’s harvesting season.

It’s a little scary because there is nobody out there. The roads are clean and it is too quiet.

We stopped for a while and after consulting my buddy Mon regarding the risk that we are taking out here, we decided to push on.

Finally, some people. A resto too. Cool. We asked for directions towards the lake.

They said we are very near and we smiled back at them with a dont-eat-us look. :<

Ah, finally, water.

The dam is magnificent.

And here is Mon trying to fly. ( before japan-japan was invented, this is the trend in shooting-air jordan hehe..)

and here is mine..

Located in the northern part of Nueva Ecija, Pantabangan then was a small village at the foot of Mt. Mabilog below Mt. Dalimanok which are found between Sierra Madre and Caraballo Mountain ranges. The place was discovered on November 30, 1645 by Fr. Juan Alonzo de Abarca, an Augustinian priest who with the 29th Spanish mission in the Philippines.

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